(South Bend, Ind.) The Saints hockey team kicked off 2013 on a high note with a home sweep over the Indiana University Hoosiers over the weekend. Coming off their eight game losing streak, the Saints found great production in every aspect. A 5-2 victory on Friday, paired with an overtime thriller on Saturday, brought the Saints to 13-11 on the season.
Game 1 (1/11/13)
After enjoying nearly a month off with winter break, the Saints returned to action quickly on Friday night as Drew Brodbeck (Stillwater, Minn.) got the Saints on the board early in the first period. Tyler Schmatz (A) (South Bend, Ind.) followed up with his 8th goal of the season less than a minute later giving the Saints a 2-0 lead with 15:31 still to play in the first period.
The Hoosiers finally got on the board with a power-play goal before Doni Gendel (A) (South Bend, Ind.) answered to give the Saints a 3-1 lead at the end of the first period.
With the second period underway, the Hoosiers once again cut it to a one goal game with another power play goal before Drew Brodbeck answered off a feed from Saints captain Tommy Lyons (C) (Valparaiso, Ind.) extending the lead to 4-2. Doni Gendel (A) scored the last goal of the night for either team with a shorthanded goal late in the third period with assists from Tommy Lyons (C) and Sean Root (Livonia, Mich.). The Saints defeated the Hoosiers 5-2 and ended their current eight game losing streak.
Goaltender Shawn Tallet (Baldwinsville, Ny.) was impressive in the victory stopping 19 of the 21 shots he came across.
Game 2 (1/12/13)
With the losing streak finally in the rearview mirror, the Saints looked to determine to pick up their first sweep since early November against Northwestern University.
In a game where goals were much more difficult to come by, Tyler Schmatz (A) got the Saints started early with a first period goal at the 9:58 mark. The goal for Schmatz was his 9th of the season and second in the series.
After the first period goal, both goaltenders proved hard to solve until Indiana found the equalizer early in the third period. With the score knotted at 1-1, overtime would be needed to decide the winner.
Just 44 seconds into the overtime period, Drew Brodbeck won the game for the Saints after B.J. Kolcz (Marysville, Mich.) and Tommy Lyons (C) found him cutting to the net. The goal gave the Saints a 2-1 victory and their first sweep over an opponent since early November.
Brad Hajec (Dearborn, Mich.) picked up the win between the pipes for the Saints stopping 24 of the 25 shots he faced.
Needless to say, head coach Bill Schmatz was pleased with the team's efforts over the weekend.
"I felt great for the guys starting out the New Year with two big wins and ending that losing streak," said coach Schmatz. "We were able to control the tempo all weekend and really put the pressure on Indiana."
"Goaltending was huge all weekend," continued coach Schmatz. "Both Shawn and Brad came up with timely saves for us. Our defense was very stingy and our offense scored when we needed to. The entire team executed the game plan and in the end we came up with two big wins to move us forward for the remainder of the season."
The Saints, 13-11, will return to action this weekend with a series against Lawrence Technological University on January 19th and 20th. Both games this weekend will be played at the Compton Family Ice Arena located on the campus of the University of Notre Dame. Saturday's game will begin at 4:00 p.m. EST and Sunday's at 12:00 p.m. EST.